23rd June, 2015

On Thursday, 28th May BHEST ran a special Racing to School day at Lingfield Park Racecourse for a group of… More

23rd June, 2015

New community engagement programme sees four industry partners working together to work with Newmarket’s Primary Schools. More

20th April, 2015

This year more local children than ever before will be able to meet some of the world’s most successful stallions… More

26th January, 2015

Racing to School is helping to promote the WILLS WRITING AWARDS to pupils taking part in the education programme. Launched… More

28th August, 2014

This year’s education events at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket took the total number of local children taking part… More

15th May, 2014

As part of its Racing to School education programme, BHEST has developed Racing Heritage, a new initiative part funded by… More


9th October, 2015

The British Horseracing Education Standards Trust (BHEST) - the charity that runs the successful ‘Racing to School’ programme with the support of British racecourses and the breeding industry - is developing two new initiatives designed to support schools in their careers education and introduce young people from all backgrounds to the many and varied training and career opportunities across the sport.
The charity is also pleased to announce the appointment of former Great British Racing PR Director Nick Attenborough to its Board of Trustees, and that John Blake, former Fundraising Director at World Horse Welfare and Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys’ Association has joined as its new Fundraising Director.

The small Racing to School team – led by former jockeys Ollie McPhail and Carrie Ford - provides around 250 unique learning days each year within the setting of a racecourse, stud or trainer’s yard to over 10,000 local primary and secondary schoolchildren. There is no charge to schools to take part in the fully inclusive programme, which supports children with special educational needs and those who are disadvantaged in some way, with at least 30% of the pupils coming from inner city schools.
“BHEST is in a unique position to support through relevant education and guidance the work being undertaken by the racing and breeding industries to recruit and retain staff.” said BHEST’s Executive Director Judith Allen.
“The new ‘Racing to Work’ programme is being developed to support schools when they focus with their pupils on future career options and the range of skills required by employers.  We want to inspire young people by opening up opportunities for training towards a career in the racing industry that they probably never knew existed, or perhaps felt was somehow out of reach, “The ‘Racing for Riders’ programme will encourage those already engaged in other equine disciplines at Riding Schools/Clubs, Pony Clubs and Centres to consider racing as an option.
“We are really pleased to welcome Nick Attenborough to our Board at this point of expansion, as the charity has a clear focus on its mission to develop the confidence and aspiration of the young people who have and will benefit from our work, by drawing back the curtain on the opportunities the sport has to offer.  
“Nick’s in-depth understanding of racing and his professional PR experience will be crucial in helping us to raise awareness of BHEST’s work with its young beneficiaries. We need to clearly communicate what the charity achieves through its programmes and why it should be cherished and supported by those connected with our great sport. We shall soon be adopting a new name for the charity that better reflects its purpose and objectives.”
Nick Attenborough said; “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Board at BHEST whose work I have admired for a long time. The future success of racing depends upon attracting young people into the sport, either as fans or as a career path, and I am looking forward to contributing to the charity's work in these important areas.'
BHEST is funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, the Racing Foundation, voluntary donations and grants and will need to raise new funds to be able to increase its education and community-focused programmes.
“As a former Trustee and when working for a sister charity, I have been very interested in the progress of BHEST and am now very pleased to be working  with the team and the Board to help secure its future and development,” said John Blake.
“The charity wishes to have a positive impact on a larger number of young people who may never have otherwise made contact with the sport. I will be asking individuals and businesses who invest in racing and breeding to take up the opportunity to support and share in the success of BHEST’s development. It is in racing’s short and longer-term interest that this small, tightly-run charity is able to place new ideas and choices, and generate ambition among children of all backgrounds that racing has something valuable to offer them, whether as a leisure activity or a future career.”